Nose is light but tart, with smoke in the background. Also with cotton candy, caramel, and talcum powder. The palate has an initial sweet attack, which diminishes into... well, nondescript lesser sweetness and a little sulphury smoke. There's scattered fruit/grapefruit and some malt. The short finish continues the theme, with some alcohol-y stuff, but not enough to kill the experience. Johnnie Red is decent-enough stuff, but like so many blends, this seems designed to have not much going on. If that's your thing (or, as the blenders recommend, you're mixing this) then, well, this is your thing.
All of the flavors in this are simple and rather weak. The spirity taste is masked a bit by the grains and very little malt in this. I do keep a 1.75 litre bottle around for blending Welsh Dragons (Modified Rob Roy) so I don't hate it but I would not drink this by itself.
This, Glenlivet 12, and Chivas made me think I didn't like scotch back in the day before my trip to Scotland. Two weeks and I didn't visit one distillery. This is the only scotch that makes my stomach sour.